Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Minnesota Farmers Union supports five year moratorium on Neonicotinoids

"You'll be pleased to know that the MFU adopted the following language at the convention this weekend:

"We support MFU engaging with stakeholders to look at and support adequate funding for research (including neonicotinoids, GMOs and monocultures), garden product labeling, remediation, increased habitats, education and legislation of conserving and protecting pollinators. We further support a five-year moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides until research on their environmental and health impacts is complete.

I (Jim Riddle) introduced the second sentence as an amendment from the floor. After lively debate, it passed 70-43, with people having to stand up to be counted!" 
From Jim Riddle to Patrick Kerrigan 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Please comment to the EPA

The EPA is taking comments until November 24 regarding the Pollinator Health Task Force.

As part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, the Pollinator Health Task Force is soliciting stakeholder input on best management practices, public private partnerships, research, education opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements, and other actions that the Task Force should consider in developing a federal strategy to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Report Your Hive Location

In an effort to minimize harm to bee colonies and habitats, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District is collecting addresses of residents that keep bees on their property so that the District can be more sensitive in those areas.

Please contact Molly Nee to be added to the list of residents that keep bees, or with any questions you may have:

Molly Nee
Administrative Assistant
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
Office:  651-643-8342